Sometimes to connect you to our network, electrical equipment needs to go on (or near) your, or your neighbours’ land. Examples of equipment that may need to be installed are overhead poles and lines, underground cables, transformers and switchgear.

An easement gives us the right to put our equipment on someone else’s land.
The equipment remains our property and we’re responsible for maintaining it. An easement also gives us the right to access property when we need to inspect or maintain the equipment. You’re responsible for staying clear of the equipment, and if you damage it you’ll need to pay to repair or replace it. 

An easement is registered on the land title, so it stays in place even if the land is sold. (If you already have Powerco assets on your property you can learn more here.)

An overview of our easement terms

  • have the right to install, operate, inspect, maintain and upgrade our equipment
  • give notice before accessing your property, except in emergencies
  • cause as little disturbance as possible
  • repair any damage we cause
  • access the equipment by agreed routes
  • not allow trees or vegetation (other than grass) to grow in the easement area
  • not build new structures (such as buildings, sheds, fences) within the easement area
  • not disturb the soil beneath the easement area
  • not do anything to damage our equipment or reduce the minimum clearances for the equipment Learn more about building near lines
  • not restrict access to our equipment
  • pay to repair or replace our equipment if you damage it

You’ll find an example of an ownership notice and an easement agreement at the top of this page. Along with these, we’ll provide you with an easement plan which indicates where the assets will go on your property (indicative because once the assets are installed, their actual location will be surveyed).


The easement process explained

Here’s what you can expect when we need an easement on your land (and how you in turn work with your neighbours if they’re affected).

You’ll need to engage a lawyer and a surveyor as part of the easement process. You’ll also be responsible for working with your affected neighbours and paying their legal and surveyance costs. 

View our process below, or click here for a PDF.

Before works starts

Once works are completed

Registering the easement